City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Criteria Updates
The Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise has finalized the Stormwater Construction Manual (SCM). Implementation was December 1, 2020. The Stormwater Construction Manual is a consolidation of the 2014 DCM, ECM, and Insurance Reference Guide.
The City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise reviews and approves documents related to stormwater design and construction. Examples of the types of documents the Stormwater Enterprise reviews are included below:
Building Code Updates
State Plumbing Code Adoption (2018 IPC)
The State’s official adoption was June 1, 2020. RBD will be implementing the new code beginning May 31, 2021.
State Electrical Code Adoption (2020 NEC)
The State’s official adoption was August 1, 2020. RBD will be implementing the new code beginning July 31, 2021. Significant Changes have been published, to include over 60 points of new changes with added costs.
City of Colorado Springs & Colorado Springs Utilities Underground Damage Prevention Safety Program (Implementation set for January 2021)
The City has partnered with CSU to stand up a local enforcement program to oversee excavation activities and requirements. Contractors will still call for locates through the 811 program, however CSU will now be able to address complaints and infractions at a local level. A new Article 10 (Underground Damage Prevention Safety Program) of Chapter 12 (Utilities) of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs has been approved - Ordinance 20-70
Colorado Springs Fire Department - Construction Services
Working in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) As a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire (2012) and the disastrous outcomes that were experienced, the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD), in partnership with the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA), collaborated to address some critical issues in house design and construction. The result of the collaborated effort was the modification of City code language to safely and reasonably protect those residents who are rebuilding homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Area or building new homes in any portion of the city of Colorado Springs WUI. The collaboration also resulted in an Ignition Resistant Construction Design Manual that is to be used in conjunction with the 2015 IFC Appendix K. with the intent to show builders and landscapers what construction materials and vegetation requirements they must follow in order to reduce the risk of ignition to a home from an exposure fire.
The City of Colorado Springs' Wildfire Risk Assessment Site
For questions, contact CSFD Construction Services @ 719-385-5982 Ext. 2.
Changes to the Water Shortage Ordinance
The Water Shortage Ordinance (WSO) has been in place since 2002 and establishes the rules that govern the response options available to City Council during a water shortage. This Ordinance is a key means for City Council and Colorado Springs Utilities to protect water supply, maintain water service essential for public health and safety, and minimize adverse impacts to economic activity during a water shortage. Colorado Springs Utilities has proposed updates to the existing Water Shortage Ordinance to include a long-term focus on reducing the waste of water at all times, updating the water shortage response rules, and removing rules that have been superseded by new state laws. This program will contribute 10% to our overall savings target – 375 acre-feet in 2021 and 450 acrefeet by 2030 which, in turn, will provide a future source of supply for our community.
In the updated WSO, the following actions will not be permitted at any time to reduce waste:
1. Watering landscaped areas, other than with drip irrigation, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the period from May 1 to October 15.
2. Watering landscaped areas with potable water more than three (3) days per week, with the following exceptions:
a. Watering under an establishment permit;
b. Watering under a water allocation plan;
c. Watering new plant material on the day of planting;
d. Watering of turf grass that is essential for high use sports fields;
e. Operating and attending to an irrigation system as needed for installation, repair, or reasonable maintenance; and
f. Watering trees, shrubs, and plants (including vegetable and flower gardens) with a drip irrigation system, handheld hose equipped with an active positive shutoff nozzle or handheld container at any time.
3. Using water to clean outdoor impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and patios, except when cleaning with water is necessary for public health or safety reasons or when other cleaning methods are impractical or inappropriate.
4. Applying water intended for irrigation to an impervious surface, such as a street, parking lot, alley, sidewalk or driveway, or any other water use outside, in a way that allows water to pool or flow across the ground or into any drainage way, such as gutters, streets, alleys or storm drains.
5. Washing motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other types of equipment with a hose that lacks an active positive shut-off nozzle.
6. Failing to repair or disable, for a period of more than ten (10) calendar days, leaking or damaged irrigation system components, service lines or other plumbing fixtures.
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